What To Expect From The Volunteer Program

Once you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by Isaac Ssamba himself and be transported to Mukono. While still in Mukono the next day you will be able escorted to the bank to exchange currency and take care of any other personal needs before leaving for the villages.

All meals are prepared by house help and volunteers helps out with the cooking at the house. All water is boiled for safety and bottled water may be purchased in the local village shops. House staff is available for laundry services and other assistance you may need. While they are paid by BoHU, a small gratuity is appreciated. Please note, laundry is done using very strong locally made soaps and manual washing.

A typical work day begins with breakfast around 8 a.m., from 9am working in your volunteer program until lunch around noon, continuing work until around 4 p.m., time for tea, relaxing with your volunteer companions or evening discussions with the locals, and discussing the activities of the day and planning for tomorrow. Dinner is served around 8 p.m.

Teaching Volunteer Program

Teaching Volunteer Program

The house has enough electricity and running water. Water for hygiene needs is boiled and provided as needed.

Weekends and Uganda national holidays are free time. Remember, in Uganda, events and schedules are not always on time as many villagers do not have watches or clocks.

 Choosing a Volunteer Program

Health Care Volunteer Program:

Working with our health team on the BoHU Mobile Clinic Program, caring for the terminally ill, helping expectant mothers, and assisting with administering medications and other hygiene needs. Medical training and education are helpful but not always required.

Education Volunteer Program:

Teaching in local schools, assisting teachers, caring for disabled children at special needs school, teaching music and dance at performance arts schools, teaching art in primary and secondary schools. Math Science and Geography are strong subjects and teaching opportunities are available in these subjects as well.

English is the language of instructions, however Luganda is the local language and most children speak it until English is learned. Uganda schools operate on the British system of education.

Teaching experience is not required, just the desire to help children learn.

Women Empowerment Volunteer Program

Women Empowerment Volunteer Program

Community and Social Development Volunteer Program:

Working within women’s cooperative and helping women in the villages with their craft projects; instructing adult educational workshops; business experience or training is helpful but not necessary. Building additional classrooms and repairing current dilapidated school building, construction skill are not required, anyone can help.

Other Volunteer Program:

While these are a few examples of how you can volunteer, you may have other skills and interests that fit your goals and expertise more appropriately. Your volunteer ideas are welcome, contingent on logistics and host village approval.

Please note that instead of choosing one of these possibilities, you can also ask us to find you a position specifically tailored to your interests and experiences.

Medical Volunteer Program

Medical Volunteer Program

# Medical students, nurses or doctors are invited to work with our health Team in the BoHU Mobile Clinic Program. We gained a lot of experience in our health services to the rural communities. The volunteers work closely together with local staff and in many cases can assist in minor surgery at a local referralHospital. The actual work the volunteer will do is decided locally by health staff. Please note that the local medical situation is very much unlike western conditions, making this position an exceptionally challenging one.

# For small NGOs, bookkeeping courses and management trainings must be set up. Lots of small organizations have fantastic ideas and great people working there, but not a lot of experience in paperwork.

# ICT assistance such as website building for local NGOs or local government. A real challenge, since equipment is never up to date, and one has to be inventive to deal with power cuts and the like.

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About Author: Beacon of Hope Uganda
Beacon of Hope Uganda designs and conducts programs which contribute to the welfare and social productivity of disadvantaged individuals and communities with an emphasis on children and youth. BoHU addresses some of the most pervasive problems in rural Uganda, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, hunger, education, poverty, access to clean drinking water, and orphaned children. In addition, it focuses on empowering the youth of Uganda empowering them with different skills and leadership training.

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